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Cornell Football: The Home Stretch

Cornell football is approaching an exciting weekend, as they are traveling to the University of Pennsylvania to renew their rivalry and hopefully regain the Trustees’ Cup. Thus far, their entire season has been characterized by close games and hard work, alongside a few outstanding achievements. Not only did the team start their season off with a win versus Marist College, defeating the Red Foxes 21-7, but they also managed to pull off a nail-biting victory versus Brown, winning 37-35, during parents’ weekend. The men continued their strong effort through games against Yale, Georgetown, Harvard, Colgate, and Princeton, where they fell only slightly short of victory.

Cornell football players enter Yale Bowl before the Yale/Cornell game on September 28, 2019.

The determination of this Cornell team has not only been highlighted through their gameday performance, but also through the success of several individuals who are in the hunt for prestigious awards. Freshman linebacker Jake Stebbins was recently added to the Jerry Rice Award Watch List alongside 23 other players for top freshman player in the Football Championship Subdivision, and senior Jelani Taylor has been named, along with 11 other football players, as a finalist for the 2019 William V. Campbell Trophy. Taylor is being recognized as one of the top football scholar-athletes in the nation, proving the all-around breadth, strength, and well-roundedness of the men’s football team.

Leading the team in rushing yards is Harold Coles, averaging 84.33 yards per game. The senior finds himself on top along with juniors Richie Kenney and Phazione McClurge, who lead the team in passing yards and receiving yards, respectively. Kenney has an average of 183.14 yards per game, while McClurge averages 59.57 yards per game.

The Big Red only has three more games versus University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, and Columbia, and is hoping to end their season on a high note. Their last game is at Schoellkopf Field, so be sure to come out and cheer on the football team and their seniors!


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